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Islamic State seizes more territory in Syria: monitor

Al Nusrah Front spokesman explains differences with Islamic State in video appearance

In a video released on Aug. 8, Abu Firas al Suri, a senior al Qaeda operative who currently serves as the Al Nusrah Front's spokesman, discusses al Qaeda's approach to waging jihad in Syria. Al Suri denies that Al Nusrah seeks to unilaterally establish an Islamic emirate.

In Turkey, a late crackdown on Islamist fighters

Syrian Kurdish fighters rescue stranded Yazidis

US military role in its 3rd Iraq conflict unlikely to accomplish much

Pentagon Says Airstrikes Have Slowed but Not Stopped Sunni Militants

Vatican calls on Muslim leaders to denounce ISIS

Aleppo's forgotten Christians

Chechen-led jihadist group in Syria releases video of training camp

Jamaat Ahadun Ahad, or the Group of the One and Only, is led by a Chechen commander and its fighters include "many Chechens, Turks, Arabs, Europeans, and even several former members of the Taliban."

Islamic State beheads, crucifies in push for Syria's east

US lawmakers mull ISIS action

The Islamic State clashed with regime forces near the military airport of Al Tabaqa in Raqqah; as well as in Homs, Quneitra, and in Deir Izzour, where the IS executed six men, including two who were beheaded. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in the Om Al Sharashih area of Homs. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Deraa, Damascus, Reef Dimashq, and Latakia; the Islamic Front killed at least six civilians and wounded 18 more by shelling on regime-held areas of Idlib city. Regime forces carried out air raids on IS-held areas in Aleppo, and claimed to have killed a large number of Al Nusrah terrorists in Idlib, including an Abu Osama from Libya.

The Islamic State carried out a suicide car bombing at a tribal checkpoint, and clashed with tribal gunmen and regime forces in Deir Izzour; and arrested Islamic Front fighters accused of stealing electricity in Aleppo. The Al Nusrah Front and the Islamic Front battled regime forces in Hama near Morek, and also clashed with regime forces in Aleppo. Al Nusrah carried out a suicide car bombing of a regime checkpoint in Idlib. The Islamic Front also fought regime forces in Deraa, Reef Dimashq, Hama, Latakia, and Quneitra; and killed and wounded civilians by rockets and shelling in Aleppo and Idlib. State media said security forces destroyed a 100-meter terrorist tunnel in Aleppo, and that a UN convoy distributed aid to over 600 Iraqi refugee families in Hasakah.

ISIS persecution of Iraqi Christians has become genocide, say religious leaders

Turkey downplays Islamic State threat, but concerns grow

Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, ISIS and Hezbollah

The Islamic State clashed with regime forces in Hasakah; in Deir Izzour, where regime aircraft dropped flyers congratulating tribes who are battling the Islamic State; and in Raqqah, where the IS is preparing to storm the Al Tabaqa military airport. The Al Nusrah Front clashed with the Islamic Front in Hama near Morek; and was targeted by regime airstrikes near the Bab al Hawa crossing in Idlib. The Islamic Front battled regime forces in Damascus, Reef Dimashq, Deraa, Idlib, and Quneitra; and fought regime forces and the Islamic State in separate clashes in Aleppo. Al Nusrah released a video of spokesman Abu Firas al-Suri explaining that the group does not plan to create an emirate in the traditional sense but rather a means of administering the "liberated areas" under a Shariah Arbitration Charter, noting that 14 groups in Hama alone have agreed to it. He also said Al Nusrah will not be like the Islamic State, which made fighting "apostates" such as Al Nusrah a priority over fighting "original disbelievers" such as the Assad regime.

Lebanese Army in control after militants flee Arsal

Syria Chemicals near Three-Quarters Destroyed

Patriarchs decry Christian exodus, demand UN act